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Education and Outreach: November 2012


Application Deadline: December 1, 2012

The NAI is accepting applications from early career astrobiologists (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or others within 5 years of their Ph.D) to participate in an 11-day tour of astrobiology-relevant field sites in Western Australia in June 2013. Included will be the extant stromatolites of Shark Bay, the banded iron formations and iron ore mines of the Hamersley Basin, the putatively cyanobacterial stromatolites of the 2.7 Ga Fortescue Group, and the 3.35-3.49 Ga fossiliferous and other units of the Pilbara Craton with what is arguably the oldest convincing evidence of life on Earth.

The tour, from June 18 to June 28, 2013, will be led by Professor Malcolm Walter of the University of New South Wales, the founding director of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA). The trip is designed for scientists interested in the earliest life on Earth and early Earth environments. Additional information is available at http://aca.unsw.edu.au/node/78

The NAI will provide partial support for up to five individuals, including 1/2 of the tour cost, plus airfare from the US to Perth and from Port Hedland to the US, as well as up to 2 additional days lodging and per diem. Participants will be responsible for reserving a place on the tour, including a $400 deposit and the remaining 1/2 of the tour cost.

Applicants should provide:

* a short description of how participation in this trip will contribute to your research or training in astrobiology

* a letter of support from your advisor/principal investigator Applications are due by December 1, 2012 to Dr. Edward Goolish, Deputy Director of the NAI, edward.goolish@nasa.gov.

Application Deadline: December 14, 2012

The Harvard Origins of Life Initiative is a multi-disciplinary research program at the intersection of biochemistry and planetary astronomy. Our goal is to discover how the initial conditions on planets, including our Earth, determined their biochemistry and life forms. This knowledge will eventually allow targeted studies of planets that might harbor life, including Earth twins. The Initiative is an active, vibrant community of students, faculty and researchers in this exciting new field.

We invite applications for Origins Postdoctoral Fellows who will pursue independent research on topics related to origins of life in collaboration with one or more Harvard faculty members in biochemistry, chemistry, geobiology, planetary science, and astrophysics. For a complete list of Origins team members, labs, and projects: http://origins.harvard.edu/AssocFaculty.html

Application Requirements: Candidates should have received their terminal degree within the 5 years prior to the application date. They should secure the commitment of at least one Harvard faculty member to host their work (a letter of support is required). A CV, a research proposal (3 pages), and a letter of recommendation from a current or former advisor should be sent to Carol Knell cknell@cfa.harvard.edu by December 14, 2012. Offers will be made by the end of January, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The appointment will be for 1 year initially, with opportunity for renewal for up to 2 additional years, contingent upon performance. We offer a competitive compensation and allowance package. For more information on the fellowships, send questions to: cknell@cfa.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Application deadline is 1 December 2012

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in isotope geochemistry with a specialization in igneous or metamorphic processes and the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in both fields to begin August 2013.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in geological sciences. Additional required qualifications include: 1) a record of research and published scholarship in isotope geochemistry and/or geochronology, 2) capability for quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, 3) research interests complementary to existing strengths in cosmochemistry, low-temperature isotope geochemistry, and noble gas geochemistry and geochronology, and 4) expertise in radiogenic isotope geochemistry. Desired qualifications include: 1) a research focus on terrestrial materials and 2) a deep understanding of the connection between isotopic data and the nature of the samples analyzed.

ASU contains an extensive geochemical infrastructure, including multi-collector ICPMS, isotope ratio-MS, He- & Ar-MS, and secondary ion-MS as well as a new FEG electron probe. Diamond cell, multi-anvil cell, and piston cylinder high-pressure devices, state of the art high-resolution transmission electron microscopes, and tandem accelerator analytical capabilities are also available at ASU. Cleanroom laboratory space in a state-of-the-art research building is also available to support new analytical equipment. In addition to isotope geochemistry, related current research at SESE and its collaborating departments includes studies in cosmochemistry, astrobiology and geobiology, metamorphic, igneous, and mantle petrology, volcanology, surface processes, tectonics, and high-pressure mineral physics. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, conduct publishable research, and participate in unit, university, and professional service as appropriate with rank.

Applications should include: 1) a letter outlining research program, teaching philosophy, and how the applicant's experience fits the area(s) of expertise listed above; 2) a current CV; and 3) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references. All materials should be submitted electronically, in PDF format, to sesenewfac@asu.edu

Application deadline is 1 December 2012; if not filled, reviews will continue weekly until search is closed. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is 1 December 2012

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with desired expertise in space systems and technology, to begin August 2013. The School is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in: instrument design and assembly, small satellite development including cubesats and nanosatellites, highly reliable software and systems development for space applications, sensor development for extreme environments including space qualification of sensors, hazard detection and avoidance, autonomous systems and technologies for robotic/human exploration. Spaceflight hardware and/or mission operations experience is strongly desired. The successful candidate will connect science drivers and engineering solutions - a competent familiarity with both sides of the development endeavor is preferred.

Established in 2006, SESE is the focal point for earth and space science at Arizona State University, one of the largest and fastest growing institutions of higher learning in the United States. An essential part of the SESE mission is to design, develop, and deploy new technologies to enable scientific exploration in space. SESE faculty also benefit from a variety of state-of-the-art facilities on the Tempe AZ campus, including high-bay assembly clean rooms, in the new ISTB 4 building. An earned doctorate in engineering or science is required. The requirements for this position include: (1) a Ph.D. in Space Systems Engineering or a closely related discipline, (2) evidence of scholarly contributions in space systems and technology, and (3) a commitment to quality teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Applications should include: 1) a cover letter that includes a description of the applicant's research and teaching interests and experience; 2) a current CV; and 3) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references. All materials should be submitted electronically, in PDF format, to sesenewfac@asu.edu

Application deadline is 1 December 2012; if not filled, reviews will continue weekly until search is closed. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: November 30, 2012

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii invites applications for one faculty position at the Assistant Astronomer (tenure-track) level, to begin Fall 2013. We seek applicants in any field of astrophysics or solar physics, including observation, theory, and instrumentation. Applicants should have an outstanding research record, an ability to lead and support a research program involving students and postdocs, and an ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The IfA has strong research groups in nearly all areas of astrophysics and has guaranteed access to the entire suite of observational facilities on the summits of Mauna Kea and Haleakala. The IfA is also the lead institution in the Pan-STARRS wide-field optical telescope system, which is carrying out a multiyear synoptic survey mission, and is a participating institution in the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS). More information about the institute is available at http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu.

Duties include undertaking a program of independent research in astronomy, teaching at least one graduate or undergraduate course per year, and participating in the academic and scientific life of the IfA. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related areas and successful experience as a researcher as demonstrated by publications and letters of recommendation. At least two years of post-doctoral research are desirable but not essential. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Closing date: November 21, 2012

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate-level faculty position in instrumentation relating to the telescopes on Mauna Kea and Haleakala. This faculty position will be located at the IfA's facility in Hilo on the island of Hawaii (the Big Island). The anticipated start date is Fall 2013.

We especially encourage applicants that complement or build upon existing IfA-Hilo efforts in adaptive optics and infrared array detectors, but all relevant fields of astronomical instrumentation will be considered. Applicants should have an outstanding research record, an ability to lead and support a research program involving students and postdocs, and an ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Duties will consist primarily of undertaking a program of astronomical research with a strong focus on instrumentation development, teaching at least one graduate or undergraduate course per year, and participating in the academic and scientific life of the IfA. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related areas and successful instrumentation experience as demonstrated by accomplishments, publications and letters of recommendation. At least two years of post-doctoral research are desirable but not essential. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.